Years ago, I did use Anti-Virus software and I’ve paid for them as well to make sure that my PC is protected. As the years passed by, when the internet started to grow, spyware was one of the major issues and anti-spyware programs appeared from everywhere. Well, I guess it really shows that things change a lot especially when it comes to technology. In my opinion, back in the old days, Anti-Virus software is really helpful. Not only are they very effective but very up to date as well. Almost every type of computer virus that appeared was dealt with. Those were the days when your DOS files increase in size and viruses devastate your programs. But now, along with computer viruses, there are lots of spyware.
Probably, the reason why I lost faith in these applications is that they may have lost their efficiency. Just a few years back, I’ve dealt with lots of computer viruses and spywares and I’ve tried multitudes of anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. I did notice that some of them targeted only specific types of infections. Although I can’t blame the developers since there must have been millions of viruses that are spreading. But as time passes by, more and more computer viruses will appear made by those who are maliciously wasting other people’s time or for some other reason.
Also, some of them use a lot of computer resources and they slow down my system. I don’t have a fast computer as of the moment but any extra application that eats a lot of resource will make my PC choke. So I decided not to use any of these programs and I just tried to keep my PC safer by doing some preventive maintenance and know the tools that I can use to at least remove them if they do penetrate my system. It’s been like 4 years since I’ve avoided these programs and I did get affected but I was able to remove most of them and prevent more from coming in.
So how do I manage to keep my PC safe? Well, it’s tedious since everything is manual. First thing I do is I check what programs or applications run when my computer starts. I check 3 places most of the time. That’s msconfig, services.msc, and the registry. The latter is the most effective but more risky since a mistake may prove damaging to your system. Msconfig just shows that programs load up and services.msc shows the windows services that are running and are loaded automatically.
While the PC is running, I check Task manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del and if there is any program that is currently running that I’m not familiar with and looks suspicious, I’d research it immediately if it is. I’d take action if it is and delete it and stop it from running again.
Most of the spywares and malwares send information on the internet. One clue that I check is the 2 little computers near the clock. If I’m not surfing or downloading anything from the internet and it keeps on blinking (especially the one for transmit), there is a possibility that my PC is sending information out due to an infection. That would be the Time to check the applications.
Very few times (around 7 times in the past 4 years) I get infected by multiple viruses and spywares (I would even initiate it and go to websites that are spyware-ridden) and I would just reformat my PC and start anew. It makes a fresh and faster system with more disk space to boot. I move around lots of files and it’s a better alternative than waiting for hours or days just to defragment a big hard drive. Or, I’d just do a simple system restore to go back to a better working system.
It’s perfectly ok if you use Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware programs. There maybe a number of them out there that are very efficient in dealing with these computer infections. It’s totally up to you to decide if you’ll use one and what to use if you decide to do it. These are just my opinion but if you want to use one, I suggest that you search around for feedback and reviews to find out which is suitable for you and is more effective. But for now, I’ll continue to use my PC without them. It may have been working for me but it’s not certain that it will for you. But either way, it’s ok to try.